Sunday, January 1, 2012

Messages from the Masters

The Masters appear to have been busy of late, if we are to believe a new publication of their writings. Teachings of the Great Brotherhood of Light: in Their Own Words is the title of a 205 page book published in 2011 by the Sanctus Germanus Foundation of Alberta, Canada. Some background on the project is described by the “Amanuensis”:

In November, 2009 I was called up to Lake Louise for what has been an annual meeting with the Masters. St. Germain, El Morya, Kuthumi, HPB, and others honoured me with their presence. One of the many projects we discussed was the Mahatma Letters, as the need to resurrect the teachings contained therein in order to establish as sort of baseline of their philosophical teachings before more teachings were introduced for the coming New Age.

Besides the obvious letters of straight teachings, there are strewn among the wranglings and intrigues associated with the TS, bits and pieces of the Masters' Wisdom that underpin various positions they were forced to take toward members of the Theosophical Society and those interested in the society. Some teachings were deliberately buried in exoteric verbiage for release during these times. Kuthumi explained that as the Mahatma Letters were written and precipitated, there was a logic to them in the revelation of the Brotherhood's teachings. He asked me to use all the spiritual discernment I could muster to extract these teachings from the background of the Letters and put them into a coherent order in modern, discernible English as opposed to 19th Century British English. Madame Blavatsky was at the meeting and shook her head vigorously in the affirmative.

The Master told me that in order to render his teachings into modern English I was to discern the thought-forms behind his writings, then paraphrase them without losing the essential meaning of the teachings. This, I have tried to do, to my best abilities, fully conscious of the necessity to keep the Masters' thought-forms intact even though the English used to express them would be slightly, and in some cases more than slightly different—all in the spirit of rendering the Masters' teachings as clear as possible for 21 st Century readers.

The process required me to plore[sic] through all the letters with “a fine tooth comb” to express what philosophical mandate, rules, laws or requirements were being revealed.

We are happy to hear that the Masters have a chance to visit other parts of the world, though Lake Louise in Alberta may not be too much of a change of scenery for them. The era when the aspirant went through “dangers and hardships” in their quest to reach the Masters belongs to the past for it seems they are now more than ready to come to the disciple. The book itself is made up of extracts from The Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett, following the editorial procedures given above, and uses much the same outline as J.R. Zulueta’s 1993 editing of the text, Occult Teachings Extracted from the Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett.

It is no secret that the “Amanuensis” is Michael P. Mau, who is also the author of a 2007 screenplay on the life of H.P. Blavatsky, A Most Extraordinary Mission. The story starts at the Tashi Lunpho monastery in 1868: it was a “cold blistery, snowy night in Tibet.” It contains much dialogue from all the theosophical players of the time, and adds to our understanding of Blavatsky with vivid observations like Countess Wachtmeister’s description of the dynamic between Blavatsky and Olcott: “The Theosophical Society is your love-child.” It writes itself.

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